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Netgear R6300 802.11ac Smart Wi-Fi Router Review

Rating: 8.5.

Today we are going to take a look at one of the latest wireless routers from Netgear – the R6300.  This offers the latest in dual-band wireless technology, supporting the 802.11ac specification.  This should offer significantly better throughput than a 802.11n network, theoretically up to around 1,300 MB/s.  We are very interested to see how the Netgear R6300 fares in our tests.

Netgear are highly regarded for producing some of the best networking products on the market.  They offer a varied range encompassing everything from network attached storage to mobile broadband products and wireless routers.
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Specification

Package Contents

  • R6300v2 Smart WiFi Router
  • Ethernet cable
  • Quick install guide
  • Power adapter, localized to country of sale

Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 191 x 198.5 x 65 mm (7.5 x 7.79 x 2.55 in)
  • Weight: 430 g (0.94 lb)

Standards

  • Two (2) USB 2.0 ports
  • IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
  • IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac 5.0 GHz
  • Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8, Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Firefox 2.0, Safari 1.4, or Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher
  • Use laptop with 3×3 450 Mbps adapter like Centrino 6300/5300, or 3×3 802.11ac adapter like NETGEAR A6200 for maximum performance

Technical Specifications

  • Simultaneous Dual Band WiFi—2.4 & 5 GHz
  • Beamforming+—Smart, signal-focusing technology boosts the speed, reliability, & range of your WiFi connections
  • Push ‘N’ Connect—Easy push button WiFi connections (WPS)
  • WiFi Transmitters/Receivers (Tx/Rx) – 3×3 (2.4GHz) + 3×3 (5GHz)
  • Powerful dual-core 800 MHz processor
  • WiFi Boost with high-powered radio amplifiers
  • Memory: 128 MB flash and 256 MB RAM
  • Advanced Quality of Service (QoS)
  • IPv6 support (Internet Protocol Version 6)

Security

  • WiFi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2—PSK)
  • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT firewall)
  • Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention

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